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2019/20 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BA Middle Eastern Studies

Programme code:BA-MIDEASTSTUCAS code:T600
Duration:3 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Sameh Hanna Contact address:S.Hanna@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 365

Entry requirements:

For entry requirements for this course please visit: Coursefinder

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies, School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies - School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Languages, Cultures and Societies:
Languages, Cultures and Societies

Programme specification:

The programme will equip students with a wide-ranging background on the history, politics and culture of the Middle East. This would qualify them to work in Middle East related fields, or pursue further advanced studies on the Middle East. No knowledge of Arabic is required although students with Arabic are welcome.

Middle Eastern Studies is a popular and expanding field, especially in the light of the rising importance and relevance of the area in international affairs. This programme would offer a valuable opportunity for in-depth study of the Middle East without the need to master the language.


Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

ARAB1030Introduction to Arab and Islamic Civilisation20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
ARAB1150Early and Medieval Islamic History20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
ARAB1170Studying the Middle East: Culture, History, Politics and Religion20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study between 20 and 60 credits from the following optional modules:

ARAB1003Persian for Beginners20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
ARAB1006Turkish for Beginners20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
ARAB1015Arabic for Beginners20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL1100Politics, Culture and Society20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
PIED1201Global Development Challenges20 creditsSemester 2

Discovery modules:

Candidates may choose to study up to 40 credits of discovery modules to bring their total to 125 credits.


Year2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

In Level 2 students must study 120 credits.

In order to be eligible for an Honours degree, students must meet the normal Rules for Award by passing all modules which are designated to be passed for award or progression and by passing the required number of credits at each level as specified in the Curricular Regulations (at least 200 credits at level 2 or above, of which at least 100 should be at level 3).

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

ARAB2066Palestine and the Arab-Israeli Conflict20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
ARAB2180Culture and Society in the Arab World20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
ARAB2310Modern Middle Eastern History20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study at least 40 credits from the following optional modules:

ARAB2091Arab Media, Politics and Society20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
PIED2601Revolution and Reaction: Political Problems in the 20th Century20 creditsSemester 1
SLSP2016Globalization: Equality and Diversity20 credits 
SLSP2180The Sociology of Culture20 creditsSemester 1

- Not all modules will be available every year.

Discovery modules:

Candidates may choose to study up to 20 credits of discovery modules.


Year3 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

In Level 3 students must study 120 credits. Finalists may only take level 1 modules which are listed as discovery skills modules (skd) and only to the value of 20 credits.

In order to be eligible for an Honours degree, students must meet the normal Rules for Award by passing all modules which are designated to be passed for award or progression and by passing the required number of credits at each level as specified in the Curricular Regulations (at least 200 credits at level 2 or above, of which at least 100 should be at level 3).

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

ARAB3110Middle Eastern Politics: Regimes, Societies and Conflict20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study one of the following Final Year Project modules:

MODL3300Final Year Project: Dissertation40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL3350Final Year Project: Digital Documentary40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Candidates must study between 20-40 credits from the following optional modules:

ARAB3050Arab Drama on Stage and Screen20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
ARAB3072Islam and Modernity20 creditsSemester 1

Discovery modules:

Candidates may choose to study up to 40 credits of discovery modules.

Last updated: 30/04/2019

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